BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services Level 3

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BTEC Extended Diploma in Public Services Level 3:

This course is ideal for those who would like to pursue a career in the emergency services, armed forces or government services, such as the police force, HM Prison Service or British Army. The course will prepare you with the knowledge and physical requirements of the public services.

You will cover units that accumulate 180 credits over 2 years and achieve the equivalent of 3 A-levels at grade A*-E. Units in year 1 include: Government, policies and the public services, Leadership and teamwork in the public services, Citizenship, diversity and the public services, Command and control in the uniformed public services, Volunteering in public services and Land navigation by map and compass. Units in year 2 include: Understanding discipline in the uniformed public services, Physical preparation, health and lifestyle for the public services, International institutions and human rights, Understanding the impact of war, conflict an terrorism on public services, Crime and its effects on society, Career planning for the public services, Police powers in the public services, Behaviour in public sector employment, Custodial care services, Aspects of the legal system and law-making processes and Employment in the uniformed public services.

There are no formal exams. You will be assessed to nationally set standards throughout the year through various activities. On completion, you can progress onto an HNC/HND, foundation degree or an honours degree course at university. You are also prepared for employment in the public services. You will have the required skills and be prepared for employment in the uniformed public services.

Additional entry requirements

You should have a minimum of five GCSEs grade A*-C, including English language, and maths at grade D or above, or a level 2 at overall merit grade, English at level 2 and maths at level 1. You will have an interview to make sure the course is right for you. You must be of good character and have a good reference and attendance record.

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Pearson Edexcel (BTEC)

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Huddersfield, HD1 3LD


2 years


Full time


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Not specified

More info: As a full time student you will not usually need to pay any course fees if under 19. All adults should pay their fees. There may be some charges for visits and trips but these will be kept to a minimum. You will need to contribute approximately £125 towards visits and trips. You will also need to purchase walking boots and a waterproof coat for outdoor activities. Help may be available for those students with financial difficulties.

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